“I haven’t been this emotional watching a (live-action) Spider-Man movie since… well, a long time. I loved it. Thoroughly. I wiped away quite a few tears, smiled non-stop. I’d even say it reminds me a lot of Spider-Man 2 – the emotional core of both movies is quite similar and what they deal with regarding the character of Spider-Man…” First Showing
“While it would have been preferable to see a less convoluted plot constructed more from a desire to progress rather than regress, relying on fan service as a driving force, the script is more coherent than it could have been given the many moving parts […] It’s flawed for sure but still moves with more deftness than most…” The Guardian
“Some of the fan service plays fairly well here; some is unsubtle enough you expect an actor to look into the camera and wink at you after delivering his line. But in the end, No Way Home does use its multiversal mayhem to address the only real problem with the Holland-era webslinger: the Iron Man-ification of the character […]This is the least fun of the Watts/Holland pictures by a wide margin (intentionally so, to some extent)…” The Hollywood Reporter
“Spider-Man: No Way Home hits all the right notes as the MCU’s latest entry. Its impact on the universe as a whole, as well as the overall emotional beats, all feel earned. Stellar performances meet what feels like a Saturday morning cartoon rife with all the devastating punches we’ve come to expect from this sneaky universe. Though it struggles with some tired superhero tropes, everything else about it will leave fans grinning ear-to-ear.” IGN
“The breathless hype surrounding this one only applies to the augmented cast and some first-act chase sequences. It’s a perfectly ordinary arachnid installment starring your “friendly neighborhood” you-know-who, with a little wit (not a lot) and a nice dollop of pathos, good effects, limp dialogue and a great big gimmick. It ends one trilogy with an almost-bang…” Movie Nation
“In addition to delivering thrilling action sequences (the battle with Doctor Octopus is an early stand-out) and note-perfect humour, the film delivers powerful emotion, bringing the MCU’s Peter Parker in line with both his comics counterpart and his two big-screen predecessors by finally having him learn that “with great power comes great responsibility”. On the surface, all the references to previous movies and classic comics might seem like so much fan service, but it’s so much more than that.” Nerdly
“No Way Home has a few visual surprises up its sleeve to go with the narrative ones. The usual effects-driven spectacle we’ve come to expect from the MCU rises to the epic occasion; a brawl between Strange and Spidey in the kaleidoscopic Mirror Dimension from Doctor Strange is dazzling. At other times, as with the early confrontation between Octavius and Spider-Man in the middle of a traffic jam, the action is merely serviceable.” Polygon
“No Way Home is a perfectly fine superhero movie. It has a couple of great set pieces — the initial fight between Ock and Holland’s Spider-Man is proof that director Jon Watts has gotten increasingly better at staging these kinds of things […] plus some tragedy, some sacrifices, Easter eggs for the heads (someone’s been tagging graffiti under the name Ditko), a battle royale, post-credits sequences and the feeling that this has been a set-up for the next film…” Rolling Stone
“The surprises, reveals and crowd-pleasing delights keep on coming and the film – from Michael Giacchino’s heartbeat-skipping musical riffs to the many joyous references – proves early and often that the wait was not only worth it but essential in building to a motion picture that just might have saved your friendly neighbourhood cinema. This is super heroic event cinema on a heck of scale aesthetically but also emotionally…” Starburst
“The movie can be ungainly at times, and it’s much too committed to setting up even more craziness to play out in upcoming Marvel product (these aren’t standalone films so much as overloaded episodes, after all), but it provides enough resolution for the past two decades of Spider-Man adventures that audiences who’ve tuned out along the way will be rewarded for giving this one a shot.” Variety
Spider-Man: No Way Home will be released in the UK on December 15th and the US on December 17th 2021.
Box office predictions:
Spider-Man: No Way Home has been predicted to take a whopping $190 to even 250 million on its US domestic opening weekend!
According to Box Office Pro “the trilogy-capper generated early demand vastly ahead of every pandemic era and on par with pre-pandemic mega-blockbusters in the Avengers and Star Wars franchises”. The site also identifies the film’s huge social media impact, which “blew away any comparison to films released in the last two years, with Twitter traction specifically driving more conversation than any tracked title outside of Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Force Awakens“.
Advance ticketing websites have been inundated and with the movie’s social media buzz, Box Office Pro is currently forecasting No Way Home to take between $190 and 250 million on its opening domestic weekend, with a projected domestic close of between $520 and 690 million.
In the UK, Vue Cinemas sold more than 150,000 tickets for Spider-Man: No Way Home in the first 24 hours of going on sale, more than double the previous record holder, Avengers: Endgame, and five times that of James Bond movie No Time To Die! Other international markets scoring the best-ever presales in the first full day include Mexico, Spain, Brazil and Central America.
It has also been confirmed that – unlike Black Widow, Eternals, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (which were all rejected) – Spider-Man: No Way Home will be the first of Marvel’s “Phase Four” films to open in China as it has passed the repressive censorship and screening approval processes.
Sony producer Amy Pascal has also confirmed Tom Holland is getting another Spider-Man trilogy, with a further three films in development!
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Spider-Man and Doctor Strange dimension clip: